Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) to Expire December 28, 2013

**Update 12/13/2013**

Under federal law, EUC benefits are set to expire on December 28, 2013. After that date, EUC benefits will no longer be available.

Claimants who remain unemployed are not prohibited from continuing to file weekly UI claims and will be notified if Congress passes a new extension of benefits.

Claimants receiving Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) may continue receiving regular state unemployment benefits until their eligibility for those benefits ends. Claimants exhausting their regular UI benefits after December 21, 2013 will not be eligible for federal benefit extensions, under current federal law.

Overview

There is currently one benefit extension program available (until the week ending December 28, 2013).

Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC)

EUC is a 100% federally funded program that provides benefits to individuals who have exhausted regular state benefits. The EUC program was created on June 30, 2008, and has been modified several times.

What are individuals eligible for?

Currently, the maximum number of weeks an individual can receive UI benefits in Wisconsin depends upon the time each EUC Tier begins. The following chart includes current and past federal extensions to UI benefits.

The 2011 Federal Budget Control Act established automatic spending cuts (otherwise referred to as “Sequestration”) designed to reduce federal budget deficits. As a result, there is a 10.7% reduction to the EUC Weekly Benefit Rate (WBR) and to the EUC Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA). The percentage reduction applies to all EUC payments beginning with the week ending April 6, 2013 (UI week 14/13). This reduction will not apply to EUC Tiers that begin October 27, 2013 (UI week 44/13) and later.

Benefit Program Weeks Available Deadline to Establish Benefits
EUC Tier 1 up to 14 weeks * Exhaust regular UI by week ending 12/21/2013
EUC Tier 2 up to 14 weeks Exhaust Tier 1 by week ending 12/21/2013
EUC Tier 3 up to 9 weeks Exhaust Tier 2 by week ending 9/14/2013
EUC Tier 4 up to 6 weeks Exhaust Tier 3 by week ending 8/14/2010
Extended Benefits (EB) up to 13 weeks Exhaust Tier 3 or Tier 4 by week ending 3/31/2012
High EB up to 7 weeks Exhaust EB by week ending 10/16/2010

 Unemployment Benefits in Wisconsin Flowchart (visually depicting chart above)
   * Tier 1: Per federal law, EUC Tier 1 provided up to 20 weeks of benefits for those who entered EUC Tier 1 on or before 9/1/2012

Who is eligible to receive EUC benefits?

To be eligible for EUC benefits you must:

How do I file for EUC?

If you are currently filing weekly claims for unemployment benefits, continue to file your weekly claim if you are still unemployed or working reduced hours. You will be notified by mail of your eligibility for the additional benefits.

If you have not been filing weekly claims and are still unemployed or working reduced hours, you will need to file an application for these additional benefits online or by telephone. You will be notified by mail of your eligibility for the additional benefits.

Will I be notified when my benefits are ending?

DWD notifies affected claimants when benefits are exhausted or when there is a major change to a benefit extension program. Should Wisconsin become eligible for additional benefits in the future, claimants will be notified automatically.